Song of the Day #1,369: ‘That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)’ – Lyle Lovett

Best Albums of the 90s – #7
The Road to Ensenada – Lyle Lovett (1996)

Lyle Lovett’s sixth album, The Road to Ensenada, was the logical culmination of everything he’d done before. It struck a balance between his country and jazz sides, leaning a bit toward the former, but it didn’t have the schizophrenic feel of And His large Band… or Pontiac.

On those records, Lovett basically dedicated a side apiece to his country work and another side to his big band and gospel sound. On Joshua Judges Ruth he scaled the country back and sometimes strayed too far into sleepy ballad territory.

But on The Road to Ensenada, he got everything right. His band had never sounded better, from the bossa nova shuffle of ‘Her First Mistake’ to the country dancehall rave-up of today’s SOTD. His songs had rarely been as heartfelt or evocative — check out the broken-hearted ‘It Ought to Be Easier’ and the haunting title track. And his sense of humor was sharp as ever… you can have my girl but don’t touch my hat, indeed.

Sadly, the five studio albums Lovett has released in the 17 years since The Road to Ensenada have been disappointments. Three of those records were cover albums, with only a handful of Lovett originals among them. And the albums of original material felt like half-hearted attempts to recapture the spirit of his earlier work.

Lovett just fulfilled his most recent recording contract (with the release of an album tellingly titles Release Me) and I hope the next phase of his career will put him back on the track that led him to Ensenada.

You say you’re not from Texas
Man as if I couldn’t tell
You think you pull your boots on right
And wear your hat so well

So pardon me my laughter
‘Cause I sure do understand
Even Moses got excited
When he saw the promised land

That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

See I was born and raised in Texas
And it means so much to me
Though my girl comes from down in Georgia
We were up in Tennessee

And as we were driving down the highway
She asked me baby what’s so great
How come you’re always going on
About your Lone Star State

I said that’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

Oh the road it looked so lovely
As she stood there on the side
And she grew smaller in my mirror
As I watched her wave goodbye

Those boys from Carolina
They sure enough could sing
But when they came on down to Texas
We all showed them how to swing

Now David’s on the radio
And old Champ’s still on the guitar
And Uncle Walt he’s home with Heidi
Hiding in her loving arms

That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

They’re OK in Oklahoma
Up in Arkansas they’re fair
But those old folks in Missouri
They don’t even know you’re there

But at a dance hall down in Texas
That’s the finest place to be
The women they all look beautiful
And their men will buy your beer for free

And they’ll say that’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

So won’t you let me help you Mister
Just pull your hat down the way I do
And buy your pants just a little longer
And next time somebody laughs at you

You just tell ’em you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,369: ‘That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)’ – Lyle Lovett

  1. Dana says:

    Okay, this is an album that would give Crows’ August a run for the top of my best albums of the 90’s. As a complete work, I can’t argue too much that it may be up there amongst his best albums. However, I would put Joshua Judges Ruth up against it, sleepy tracks and all, as I find that record so rich and layered.

    Interestingly, neither Ensenada nor Ruth contains my favorite songs from Lovett (although “Her First Mistake” comes close). I still love the jazzy numbers from Pontiac and Large Band better, as well as “Acceptable Level of Ecstacy” from his debut album.

  2. Amy says:

    What has happened to my dear Lovett? When, over a decade ago, I vowed to take him as my desert island artist with the caveat that I would have dropped to my island whatever new material he would create, it never occurred to me that I would have no inclination to play that new music! Makes me more sad than I can tell you.

    However, my disappointment in his output these last 17 years (17 years!!!) does not minimize my adoration for this album, which I’ve written about over the years. Great choice.

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